Your group is a great place to celebrate what Jesus has done in all of your lives, and to remember the sacrifice he made on your behalf.
Have you ever thought it would be great if we celebrated communion more often? Communion can be a powerful time of worship, and itdoesn’t have to happen Sunday mornings or on a Night of Worship.
Your Community Group is a great place to celebrate what Jesus has done in all of your lives, and to remember the sacrifice he made on your behalf. As a tight-knit community of believers, you come together each week just like the gatherings that met in homes in the first-century church. Your meetings are times to connect, grow spiritually and relationally, and remember the depth and breadth of Jesus' love. Communion is a vital part of that remembering.
The apostle Paul wrote this in Ephesians 3:16–18:
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
That's our prayer for you and your group. So, we’d love for you to be able to experience communion together on a more regular basis. In order to help you navigate that process, we’ve prepared this Celebrating Communion in Group resource. It tells you everything you need to have and everything you need to do to celebrate communion with your group members. It also answers some frequently asked questions about celebrating communion in a small group environment.
If you have questions or need further guidance, contact your Groups Director. He or she is happy to help.
Have you ever thought to yourself that it would be great if we celebrated communion every Sunday at church . . . or that Night of Worship should happen more often? Communion is a powerful time of corporate worship, right?
Well, communion doesn't just have to happen on Sunday mornings or at Night of Worship. Community Group is a great place to celebrate it too.
In fact, celebrating communion with your Community Group is a great way to help your group members connect relationally and spiritually. It can be a powerful shared experience.
Good Friday week is coming up. It may be an opportune time to do celebrate communion with your group. So, we want to make you aware of a resource we've put together. We're posting it now so you have a couple weeks to talk to your group and prepare before celebrating. (Don't worry. It won't take you a couple weeks to prepare, we just want to make sure you have more than enough time.)
Download Celebrating Communion in Group (PDF). It includes instructions for sharing communion as well as a Leader FAQ that answers the most common questions you and your group members may have. If you have additional questions, contact your Groups Director. He or she is always happy to help.
Have you ever celebrated communion in your group? If so, how did it go?
Having Communion in Groups goes back to the 1st Century (Acts 2:42-46). One could argue that communion is best practiced in a small group because it captures the essence of community through the opportunity of increased intimacy and authenticity. It's a great chance for you to share with your group what God is doing in your life as you examine your heart the week before taking communion. What is communion? Communion is worshiping our Heavenly Father by remembering Christ’s death and resurrection. It's reflecting on your relationship with Christ and examining your heart. It provides the opportunity to be honest with God by confessing and repenting of sin.
When should your group have communion? Communion can be done any time in the course of a group, but it might make sense to have it at the end or the beginning of a study. Or consider having communion around an important date for the group (one-year anniversary of the group, group multiplying, holidays, etc.)
Who is communion for? Communion is primarily for those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior—those who believe that Christ died for their sin and rose to bring them eternal life. However, Communion can also be a great opportunity to share Christ with those that don’t know him. It may even provide an opportunity to ask unbelievers how they would feel about trusting Christ.
Keep in mind that some of your group members may not be Christians. If they're uncomfortable with it, it's okay for them not to participate in communion. Be mindful of how to facilitate this tension, and clearly communicate in advance what's going to happen during communion. Stress that you'd still love for them to be there.
Considering different backgrounds: Communion is practiced differently depending on your church background, and most likely your group members are from different backgrounds as well. Have a general conversation with your group several weeks before you do communion to find out their different backgrounds and views. Ask what their thoughts are on communion and about their past experiences.
Do you have any other thoughts about how you've facilitated communion in your group?